As we get ready for the most wonderful time of year, Ramadan, we often forget the importance of a healthy Suhoor routine to ensure our bodies get the right balance of nutrients.
Personally, I am not a suhoor person. I literally want to get out of bed and back into it. Since I work a 9-5 it's difficult to prepare a hearty meal at that hour of the morning, because I try and sneak in a few hours of rest before getting up for work. So of course, I make the quickest meal possible which usually consists of Nutella on toast and if I'm feeling really good, I'll have some fruit. I never ate vitamins, and I barely drank enough water…but not this year.
I've found in past years that around 3-4pm I usually begin to crash. And by crash I mean get-me-my-bed-asap type of crash. I completely run out of energy and my body almost feels like it's giving up on me. Though we fast from eating foods, many ahadith encourage the preservation of our energy by eating properly to ensure we are able to spend time in ibadaah. We don't fast all day to nap for 2 hours before iftaar, right? I mean, I'm all for naps, but maximizing your time in Ramadan is SO important – and you won't be able to do that if you're not treating your body properly. Since Ramadan is the best time to implement new behaviours (or correct bad ones!), I'm trying to incorporate a couple of new habits during Ramadan that I know will be beneficial for me to carry throughout the year.
During Halal Food Fest, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Nutrimin. Now, we all know how painful it is to find GOOD vitamins that are halal, so I was really excited about learning more about the brand and the products they offer. I had a sample of the gummy vitamin and was HOOKED. It tasted like a Blossom and Bean gummy bear, but it was a vitamin. How could this be?! Anyway, after chatting with him and telling him about what I'm looking for, I received a bottle of the capsules (yes, I made the 'adult' choice and didn't get the gummies) and am really excited to incorporate the Multi+ vitamins into my suhoor routine. The vitamin is packed with minerals including iron (which most women lack!) and essential vitamins like A, B12, D, and others. The best part? The vitamins are all made in Canada, and are vegan / halal. I highly recommend you check them out and incorporate vitamins into your Suhoor routine to stay energized and spend your time doing things that matter (Dawah, Dhikr, Charitable work, etc.) during Ramadan.
Another item that I'm going to incorporate into my Suhoor routine this year is the NutraB black seed and honey mix. In case you didn't 'know, black seed is a prophetic medicinethat the Prophet SAW used for curing ailments. There is a famous hadith narrated by Abu Hurairahreported in Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and others that states“Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment except death." I mean that's pretty incredible, no?
There is significant contemporary evidence around the medical uses of black seed. It is antioxidant known to help cleanse the body of toxins. Many people also use it to treat skin disorders, allergies, infections, and digestive issues to name a few. So you might be thinking, ok why should I have this in Ramadan?
Well one of the most important facts about black seed is that the polyunsaturated fats in black seed help maintain your metabolism while eliminating toxins, improving blood circulation, and balancing your insulin level. Since our metabolism naturally slows down due to fasting, it's important to balance the way our body will help burn calories, and this will assist with maintaining energy.
Honey on the other hand is often referred to as "liquid gold" for its many, many, benefits. There are so many benefits to honey, that I won't get into here, but honey assists in preventing coughs, colds, and if taken regularly will help to ensure you don't fall sick during Ramadan. (As an aside, it also helps rid your bowel of ya know, the gross stuff, helping with regular bowel movements).
The verse at the beginning of this post talks about goodness. Though we associate goodness with doing good deeds, goodness is in everything. It's in our speech, our mannerisms, our dress, and most definitely in how we take care of our bodies. Allah swt. has made us perfect in every sense, and the least we can do is take care of our bodies to the best of our abilities with that which we know is good. If you're able to, sneak some ZamZam water into your routine, with dates of course, and your body will really be thanking you both during and after Ramadan.
I pray that we all have a fulfilling and fruitful Ramadan. May He accept from you and me.
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